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The SDG Academy (formerly known as SDSNedu) is an initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network that creates and curates free, graduate-level online courses on sustainable development. We bring together the world’s foremost experts to offer a comprehensive core curriculum on issues integral to the sustainability of our planet – including health, education, climate change, agriculture and food systems, sustainable investment and other related fields.

As a massive open online education platform, the SDG Academy’s courses are fully interactive, so you can meet, debate and learn from both our global faculty of sustainable development experts and your fellow students.

Learn more about the SDG Academy in the video below, and check back here for information on available and upcoming courses.

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Occasional Lectures

We are happy to present you with selected lectures from our global faculty on topics outside of our current courses.

Jeffrey Sachs | Economics for the Common Good

Professor Jeffrey Sachs delivers one of the keynote addresses on “Economics for the Common Good” at the conference “Subjective well-being over the life course: Evidence and policy implications” held at the London School of Economics and Political Science on 12-13 December 2016.

Meet our Leaders Series

Engage with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s Leadership Council in our webinar series, Meet our Leaders. In a live, one-hour webinar session, you can learn from these experts on topics they care about, how they got into the field, and how you can make a difference. Past sessions have included Dr. Klaus Leisinger, Dr. Eugenie Birch, Paul Polman, Dr. Maria Freire, Aromar Revi and Jeffrey Sachs.

Stay tuned to our social media for updates on upcoming Meet 0ur Leaders sessions, and watch past sessions in the YouTube playlist below.

Fall Semester 2017

Announcing the SDG Academy’s fall semester! Sign up now to take courses on early childhood development, macroeconomics and human rights, with more topics to be announced.

Our Global Faculty

Our global faculty comprises leading experts in sustainable development from around the world who believe in the power of sharing knowledge to improve the lives of everyone.



The SDG Academy Team

The SDSN Association, an independent non-profit organization that was set up to support the work of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), hosts the SDG Academy and is made up of a dedicated team of professionals who are committed to the idea that sharing knowledge can change the world.

Meet our team:

Chandrika Bahadur



Chandrika Bahadur is the Director of the SDG Academy. From 2008-2011, she was advisor to the Chairman and Managing Director at Reliance Industries, where she helped set up Reliance Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation focusing on areas of education, health, rural development, and urban renewal.From 2001-2008, Chandrika worked with the United Nations in different roles. In her last assignment, she was a Policy Advisor at UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy in New York, working in Africa to help Ministries of Finance and Planning align their strategies to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), across 20 countries. From 2003-2006, she was part of the leadership team of the UN Millennium Project, an advisory group convened by the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to recommend strategies for the MDGs. From 2001-2002 she worked on trade and HIV and AIDS programs at the United Nations. She has prior teaching experience at Harvard and Columbia universities.

Chandrika holds a Masters degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.

Megan Cassidy

Head of Online Education


Megan Cassidy is the Head of Online Education of the SDG Academy. Prior to joining SDSN, she worked with the Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute as a Program Manager, providing policy research and analytical support to national governments on challenges of economic development and poverty alleviation. Originally from Arizona, Megan moved to New York City as a Teach for America corps member, and from 2006 to 2011, she worked an elementary school teacher and school data specialist for the New York City Department of Education in the South Bronx. She holds a Masters degree in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Masters degree in Education from Pace University, and a Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona Honors College.

Liz Moyer

Program Manager


Liz Moyer is a Program Manager at the SDG Academy. She is an empathy-driven development practitioner who has over nine years of experience in applied research and social policy with a focus on community-driven development. In 2015, she led the research, writing and design of the SDSN flagship report, Getting Started with the Sustainable Development Goals: A guide for stakeholders. From 2011 to 2015 Liz provided management and consultancy services to grassroots nonprofit organizations, The Hunger Project (2014, NYC) and Harambee Youth Kenya (2011-2012, Nairobi); startup social enterprises, Timerepublik (2014-2015, NYC) and Minkay (2014, Bogota); and a public affairs management firm, The Winter Group (2012, Harrisburg).

Liz holds a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Latin from the Jesuit institution Saint Joseph’s University. She has a strong personal belief in the concept of healing – healing at the personal and systemic level. She looks forward to the challenge of collectively figuring out how to implement sustainable development in the decades to come. For she knows, her generation will never be bored with all the good work that needs to be done!


Fall 2017 courses starting soon – enroll now!

Starting September 20: Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet

Starting September 25: Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development

Starting in October:

Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion


More courses will be added soon – stay tuned!

University Partnership Program

The SDG Academy is pleased to announce its new University Partnership Program, providing universities and academic institutions with privileged access to the SDG Academy course materials to tailor and use in their own education programs. More information can be found here on our FAQ page.

Our Fall 2017 program is currently closed to new applications. Applications will re-open at the end of the calendar year for the Spring 2018 program. Check back here and on the University Partnership Program page for updates, and email us at with any questions.

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